RI Prosecutor to Review Woodmansee’s Journal

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – A Rhode Island judge has given state psychiatrists access to Michael Woodmansee's journal to aid their mental evaluation of the soon-to-be-released convicted murderer.

Woodmansee is set to be released from prison this summer after serving 28 years of a 40-year-sentence for killing 5-year-old Jason Foreman of South Kingstown in 1975. Woodmansee's journal was sealed by the court in 1983. Since then it's been kept in the possession of the South Kingstown police chief.

The judge's ruling came down Monday morning. Attorney General Peter Kilmartin had asked a judge to grant access to the journal to help state psychiatrists determine whether Woodmansee is too mentally ill to be released into the community. He's eligible for early release thanks to good-time credit he earned in prison.

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